Every one of us was born spiritually dead in sin. Before we became alive in Christ, the Holy Spirit was at work in our hearts, revealing to us our sinful condition. He showed us that we were in desperate need of Christ’s salvation. “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Holy Spirit will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:” (John 16:7-8)
He showed us that we were living in rebellion against a Holy God. He breathed on us and opened our blind spiritual eyes so that we could see God’s Truth. Only through God will we find spiritual life; all other forms of spirituality are dead counterfeits. The Spirit convicts the unbeliever of their lack of Christ’s righteousness and their need to have it imputed (or transferred) to their account (Phil 3:9). Rather than seeking to make the unbeliever behave in a moral fashion, the Spirit instead wants the unbeliever to understand how far short he falls from God’s perfect moral standard (Rom 3:23). Such a realization also allows him to see his desperate need to be clothed in Christ’s perfect righteousness, which is imputed to him at the point of personal faith. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
Although all Christians have access to true spirituality through the Holy Spirit, many of them fail to understand who the Holy Spirit really is. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity of God. He is the very Spirit of the mighty God Himself. The Holy Spirit leads us into faithfulness and reveals God’s Truth and will. He equips us to do the work of God’s Kingdom. He guides, leads, and empowers us to live holy and righteous lives.
We must not make the mistake of trivializing or undervaluing the power and role of the Holy Spirit. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8). He is the breath of the living God. He is the hurricane force that created the universe. He is the mighty wind that blew on the dust that formed Adam. He is the mighty wind that parted the Red Sea.
The Bible reveals four tasks of the Holy Spirit in regard to our spirituality. The Holy Spirit gives us true spirituality by quickening our dead spirits, transforming our fallen nature, sealing us with God’s ownership, and filling us with His presence. With such crucial tasks as these, let us not neglect the Spirit. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25).
The Holy Spirit regenerates, teaches, witnesses to, guides, speaks, intercedes, searches, calls and directs people into doing the will of God. It is through the wonderful Holy Spirit living within us that we can have a direct personal experience of, and relationship with, God.
The Holy Spirit promises us a healing spirituality through a relationship with Him. When we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as one of God’s children and when we daily seek to be filled by the power of the Holy Spirit, then we will bear the fruit of the Spirit. Jesus said, “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit” (Matthew 12:33). We will only find spiritual wholeness if we manifest the fruit of the Spirit — not through false spirituality found in meditation, self-help books, or motivational seminars, which is also known as shadow spirituality.
The Holy Spirit transforms our fallen nature, and works on us to keep our focus on God and His Kingdom, not on ourselves or an earthly kingdom. Shadow spirituality focuses our attention inward, encouraging us to dig deeper into our souls to find truth, self-empowerment, and self-actualization. But real spirituality is guided by the Holy Spirit and points us in the direction of God and His forgiveness, love, and acceptance. Shadow spirituality says that right and wrong are determined by our own standards. True spirituality involves conviction by the Holy Spirit to show us the path to righteousness.
Many Christians do not live up to their end of the bargain. Once they have been sealed by the Holy Spirit, they forget to seek His filling every day. They neglect their relationship with God. They begin to doubt His promises. They are living in turmoil when they could be experiencing spiritual health and wholeness.
Prayer: God, thank You for the Holy Spirit. Help me to have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Holy Spirit's role in my life. Thank You forthe transforming power of the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank You that I have become aware of my need for You and that I am a new creation. God, I want to be spiritually healthy and whole. I pray that Your Spirit would fill me every day so that I will manifest the fruit of the Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.